Publisher's Summary

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken.
Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we'll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward; happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn't just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organisations around the globe.
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research - including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG - to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.
Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalise on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximise our potential.
©2010 Copyright © Shawn Achor 2010 (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about....I'm butter to his knife." ( The Boston Globe)
"Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasises instilling resiliency and positive attitudes." ( The Wall Street Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Don on 07-04-2018

awesome

loved the book it is an excellent collection of ideas distilled down into 7 simple strategies

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By Som on 12-01-2018

I love this book.

A great book to open your eyes and see how we work as human beings. How big of a social beings we are and how one person can change the mood and the energy of so many people around them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 14-03-2018

Life Changing

Loved it. The ideas are sound. I have benefited from applying them. Thank you, Shawn Accor.

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By neeta makhija on 20-09-2017

very good read

happiness advantage is a good read and the examples sheared are very thought provoking, this introduced me to the concept of positive pyschology.

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By miss on 20-09-2015

Loved every minute of this book

Really thankful to Shawn for writing and narrating this book and sharing all of his fantastic work and years of hard research with us. The principles provide practical advise for putting into practice all of the "common sense" that isn't "common action" here's to the ripple effect!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew J Heyhoe on 10-08-2017

Fantastic!

Friend recommended that I listen to this. He was 100% right. Absolutely fantastic - interesting, funny and thought provoking.

Have already shared it with several friends.

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